Surgical Negligence: A Risk No Patient Should Have To Accept
All surgeries come with risks. However, negligence on the part of the surgeon or operating room staff is not an acceptable risk. Patients should be able to rely on these highly trained professionals to perform their jobs with reasonable care. When they fail to do so, the results can be devastating.
Understanding What Went Wrong
Surgical negligence can take many forms. Sometimes, the negligence lies in the decision to perform the surgery in the first place. Perhaps the surgeon wasn’t qualified to undertake such a procedure. Maybe the surgery wasn’t reasonably necessary, or perhaps you weren’t offered less risky alternatives. Maybe you were deprived of the opportunity to make an informed decision.
Other times, patients don’t receive proper postoperative care, resulting in life-threatening infections or serious complications.
Some errors happen during the course of the surgery itself — for example:
- Conducting surgery on the wrong body part or the wrong patient
- Failing to properly sanitize surgical tools, resulting in infections
- Accidentally perforating a bowel
- Accidentally nicking a nerve, resulting in permanent damage
- Leaving surgical sponges or instruments behind in the body
- Failing to adequately monitor vital signs during the surgery
- Administering the wrong type or dosage of anesthesia
Sadly, victims of these inexcusable mistakes don’t always find out what went wrong. The hospital might ignore your questions and concerns. In these situations, it’s important to find an experienced legal advocate to stand up for you.
Help Is Only A Phone Call Or Email Away
After suffering the consequences of surgical negligence, you deserve a knowledgeable legal ally to guide you toward justice. We can help. At the Boston-based law firm of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we have experienced lawyers, doctors and nurses on staff. This means we can:
- Review your medical records and other evidence
- Determine whether negligence occurred
- Walk you through your options for pursuing compensation
- Explain your rights and the types of compensation you may be entitled to recover
- Let you know what to expect at each step in the process